Hate crimes are declining nationally, but an annual FBI report released this week says California is leading other states in such crimes, reports La Opinión.
In 2009, 1,015 hate crimes were reported in California, followed by New York with 744 and New Jersey with 570. Most of the crimes in California were racially motivated, with sexual orientation and religion as the next most common motivating factors.

Nationally, there were 692 anti-Latino cases, down from 791 in 2008. But many human rights groups are wary of the numbers because of widespread discrepancies in reporting hate crimes and collecting data. For example, many Latinos do not report hate crimes related to immigration status, even though some cases, like the beating death of undocumented immigrant Luis Ramirez in Shenandoah, Penn., have garnered national attention.

This year a Muslim man in Sunnyvale said he was beaten up by a group of young men who asked him if he was Jewish. When he said he was Muslim, one of them reportedly said "That's worse, you're a terrorist," and proceeded to punch him in the face. In 2009, a 20-foot-wide swastika was etched on the grounds of Evergreen Valley High School, and a Jewish cemetery was vandalized in Colma.